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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) is a revolutionary new injectable treatment, designed to rejuvenate and regenerate skin conditions related to ageing and scarring.

PRP therapy, sometimes referred to as The Vampire Facial, is unique to other skin treatments, as it uses the patient’s own blood to harvest concentrated plasma, which is rich in platelets. When injected, these rich platelets release powerful growth factors and natural stem cells that are specifically designed to significantly stimulate regeneration and restructure of the skin tissue.

Growth factors and stem cells also increase cellular turnover and collagen production, which is the foundation of youthful, glowing and radiant skin.

A PRP injection treatment is very safe, as it uses your own cells and can be performed on any part of the body, including the eyelids and directly under the eyes. PRP injections for wrinkles are especially effective as it treats lax skin and fine lines on the face giving the most natural result possible. This is because the skin is brought back into its most prime condition, essentially rewinding the damage that time and the environment has caused.

Australian Laser & Skin Clinics are proud to offer safe and effective PRP treatments at our modern clinics in Melbourne.

The power of growth factors

The growth factors that are released after a PRP injection are responsible for:

  • Stimulating collagen formation
  • Forming new blood vessels
  • Reorganising cells and skin tissue

These effects result in an improved skin tone, colour and texture, as well as smoothed lines and a softened appearance of wrinkles. In addition to these benefits, the injected area will also experience an increase in hydration, helping to keep skin soft, healthy and vibrant. These benefits are a direct result of growth factors, which control the body’s wound healing mechanism. When growth factors are stimulated by a PRP treatment, collagen production is boosted, helping to improve the appearance of ageing related skin damage, including wrinkles, scarring and fine lines.

The treatment process

Platelet Rich Plasma is a very safe, quick and comfortable treatment. Prior to the procedure, a numbing cream is applied to the skin in order to minimise any discomfort from the PRP injection. Next, a small amount of blood is drawn from the arm. This amount isn’t more than the amount required for a blood test, which is around 10ml-20ml.

The drawn blood is placed into a sterile and specifically designed vial, which is inserted into a specialised centrifuge that prepares the blood for PRP therapy. A patented separator gel within the tube isolates the platelets and plasma from red blood cells as the vial spins, separating the blood into its three main cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

The richest platelet part of the now separated plasma (PRP) is then safely and painlessly re-injected into the skin. For extra efficiency, the platelets are further infused into the skin with skin needling. This immediately activates growth factors and stem cells, triggering rejuvenation that will result in renewed, youthful and vibrant skin. While three PRP injection treatments are generally recommended to obtain optimal results, visible improvements can be seen after just one treatment.

PRP treatment by Australian Laser & Skin Clinics

Australian Laser & Skin Clinics perform PRP treatments at our state-of-the-art clinics in Melbourne. We understand the importance of performing PRP therapy in a hygienic setting, which is why we provide a hygienic  environment and use a sterile technique for all injectable procedures we perform. This prevents complications that can occur with a lack of sterility.

Frequently Asked Questions

What skin conditions can be treated with PRP injections?

Platelet rich plasma can treat a wide number of skin conditions, including the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven or dull skin tone
  • Dehydrated and dry skin
  • Fine, thin crepe skin around the eyes
  • Fine, thin crepe skin on the neck and back of hands
  • Mild scarring
  • Scar improvement
  • Active acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Improving skin elasticity
  • Stretch marks
  • Surgical/trauma Scars

Which areas may be treated with PRP Therapy?

The full face, neck, décolletage and hands can be treated. PRP injections for wrinkles are especially well-suited for treatment of the crepe skin around the eyes and eyelids.

Other body areas that can be treated include the knees, elbows, upper arms and post-baby tummy, all of which can be efficiently and easily improved, giving visible results.

How many treatments are required?

A minimum of three platelet rich plasma treatments are usually recommended, to be performed at monthly intervals. Some people may need up to six treatments and ongoing maintenance treatment may be performed every six to twelve months.

How long do results last?

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy provides natural and long lasting results. Each treatment delivers an accumulative effect, with visible changes evident within two to three months. The healing and regenerative effect continues for over twelve months after just one PRP injection treatment.

Does PRP hurt?

Some clients may experience mild discomfort while receiving PRP injections, which is why an anaesthetic may be applied to the area being treated to ensure greater comfort.

How long does the treatment take?

A platelet rich plasma treatment will take around 45-60 minutes in total. The longest part of the treatment is the spinning and separation of the blood in the centrifuge. The injecting component may be performed in as little as 15 minutes.

Is PRP therapy safe?

Treatment with platelet rich plasma uses your own blood. Because of this, the risk of allergy or cellular rejection is eliminated, making PRP one of the safest and most tolerable procedures currently available.

Australian Laser & Skin Clinics perform effective and painless platelet rich plasma treatments at our clinics in Melbourne. We care about the patient experience, which is why we ensure that each and every PRP session is conducted in a way that ensures maximum comfort. We’ll apply anaesthetic when necessary and perform the treatment slowly and gently, minimising pain and discomfort.

Is PRP therapy suitable for everyone?

While PRP can be performed safely and effectively on the majority of patients, there may be some for whom it is not best-suited. The team at Australian Laser & Skin Clinics will establish your suitability for the procedure in a free initial consultation, to determine if PRP injections are the best treatment for your specific skin concerns.

Is this the same treatment Kim Kardashian famously underwent in 2013?

Yes, Kim Kardashian received Platelet rich plasma therapy, igniting an avalanche of public commentary on her experience. This procedure is now commonly referred to as the ‘vampire facial’. Many other celebrities have also undergone PRP treatment, such as supermodel Bar Rafaeli, and actors Rupert Everett and Anna Friel. Tennis ace Rafael Nadal has also used it to help him recover from sporting injury, praising the procedure for its rejuvenating properties.

Pre Treatment Instructions:

  • It’s best to be well-hydrated 48 hours leading up to the procedure, so drink plenty of fluids. Water is strongly recommended.
  • Reduce your fat intake for one to two weeks prior to the treatment.
  • Reduce your alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Stop all omegas, green teas and other supplements that increase bruising for 2-3 weeks prior to platelet rich plasma treatment.
  • As the treatment involves causing some degree of trauma to the skin, avoid other facial treatments that sensitise the skin one week prior to treatment.

Post Treatment Instructions:

  • Do not touch your face for at least 4 hours to allow the injection sites to heal.
  • Wash your hands before touching injected areas to avoid introducing external infection.
  • Do not wear make up for 24 hours after a PRP injection treatment.
  • Do not ice the area or have hot showers (platelets do not like extremes of temperatures).
  • Sleep with the treated area elevated. Propping up multiple pillows works well for this.
  • You must wear sunscreen for at least one month post treatment.
  • Keep the area free of oil based products, heavy cosmetics and thick moisturisers for at least two days post treatment.
  • The treated area will feel tender most commonly for up to one week post treatment, however this can last up to two
  • Bruising may be reduced by the use of Arnica tablets and Bromelin extract, along with massaging Hirudoid cream into the area.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight, as well as rigorous exercise, saunas, hot baths and excessive amounts of alcohol, as these will exacerbate swelling and increase the possibility of bruising.
  • Use gentle pH neutral skincare such as ASAP Gentle Cleanser for the following 72 hours.
  • Do not undergo any other facial treatments for at least two weeks following your PRP treatment.
  • The body takes time to respond to the influx of growth factors from your treatment, as regeneration of skin cells happens very gradually over time. The benefits of PRP treatment can be greatly enhanced by adopting a good skincare regimen and responsible sun protection habits, such as using an SPF 30 moisturiser daily to protect skin from the harsh Melbourne sun – especially after receiving PRP injections for wrinkles.

Before & After Photo’s

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